The Brewers completed a three-game sweep Sunday over the Colorado Rockies, launching them into the National League Championship Series — their second trip since 1982. They would follow the 6-0 victory over the Rockies with a celebration inside the visitors’ clubhouse. And there’s possibly nobody happier than veteran outfielder Ryan Braun.
“Two celebrations to go!” Braun told his team following the game. “We accomplished this by everybody playing to the best of their abilities. Everybody here is doing their job the best that they possibly can, and that’s why we’re winning baseball games. Nothing’s going to change. The lights will get brighter. It’s going to be more fun than we’ve had to this point. We’re going to keep doing the same s—.”
How the Brewers finished the season speaks exactly to Braun’s sentiments. After a loss on September 22 to the Pirates, the Brewers found themselves 2.5 games back of the Cubs in the NL Central. There were only seven games to play. But Milwaukee finished the season perfect – forcing a tiebreaker between Chicago. And they took that, too. A tiebreaker win earned Milwaukee the NL Central title, top-seeding, and a matchup with Colorado.
The Brewers are certainly playing their best baseball right now — when it matters most. Milwaukee outscored Colorado 13-2 to continue an 11-game win streak.
“These are the moments you work for,” GM David Stearns said. “To have the organization get to a point like this, where you can enjoy a couple of these celebrations, it’s special. This is the goal. …the goal is to win a World Series.”
The Brewers will first have to get past the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS before it can win its first championship in franchise history. But it’s a challenge that the Brewers are ready to take on — after all, no one expected them to get this far.
“Nobody picked us to win the division,” Braun said. “Nobody expected us to get to the NLCS. I’m sure when we get there, nobody will pick us to win. But we believe in each other and we’re playing our best baseball when it matters most.”
The NLCS begins Friday night (October 12) in Milwaukee.